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  FOX Business    Lou Dobbs Tonight    News/Business. Lou Dobbs. The journalist offers  
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    December 7, 2012
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congressman telling the gobi is looking for to any pay to live in amountsf money to do what he used to do for free which includes giving lectures three all i can say is, hollywood better watch out. i would say that the entertainment industry since utility. that is "2 cents more." and that is it for tonight on "the willis report." thank you for joining us. don't forget to record the show if you cannot catch us live. have a great night and a great weekend. ♪ lou: good evening, everybody. the president anspeaker have taken no concrete steps to resolve the so-called fiscal cliff. president obama remains insistent that republicans yields to his ultimatum that he be allowed to raise taxes on those making more than $250,000 a year. republicans for their part
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insist that the president gets serious about cutting spending in order to reduce trillion dollar deficits and a national debt that is now mind-boggling league not -- monotonous. house minority leader disagrees vehemently with the speaker on how to reduce deficits and debt. today she offered a paradoxical statement on fiscal policy that would make both casey stiegel and yogi berra proud. the nation now just 24 days away from $600 billion of pending cuts and tax increases that will automatically kicked in. and pelosi has some wise words for washington. please listen terror. >> this is a moment of truth. the clock is ticki. christmas is coming. the goose is getting fat. in many homes across america it is very, very lean times. you cannot cut your way to deficit reduction. lou: that's right. pelosi says we cannot get our way to deficit reduction.
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listen to the top democrat in the house of representatives the former speaker of the house unveiling -- on dealing with the fiscal crisis one more time. >> in many homes across america ad is a very, very lean time. you cannot cut your way to deficit reduction. lou: tody said minority leader appeared to be trying to outperform policy and the political rhetoric of the absurd . senator reid's reason to be wary of reducing spending. >> the european community now is concerned about all the austerity. there are many, many things you can do to reduce debt but still have a stimulus aspect of the economy. >> that -- lou: the senate's top demorat believes we should return to europe for inspiration and guidance for fiscal policy, taking greece, perhaps, as a standard for dealing with
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economic and budget crises. the speaker did a charge the president is low walking the nation to the brink of a fiscal cliff. that is one of the speakers firmest in the strongest statements yet. >> this is in a progress report because there is no progress to report. the white house has wasted another wk. there are a lot of things that are possible to put the revenue on the tale, but none of it is going to be possible. the president insists on his position. insists on my way or the highway. lou: inconveniently the congressional budget office today reported that the federal deficit is already bulging. the cbo reports for the first two months of fiscal 2013 that number $2,902,000,000,000, $57 billion more than the same two month time span lat year. and the labor department today reported the unemployment rate fell to the 77%. good news, the lowest jobless
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rate in four years. the lower unemployment rate, however, the consequence of the more than 300,000 people who dropped out of the work force altogeth just last month. when counting the underemployed and those who have given up their search for work, the real unemployment rate amounts to a 14th 4%. my next guest says the obama administration is punishing job producers and subsidizing a withdrawal from the work force. joining us now, one of the country's most thoughtful, provocative political and economic thinkers, author george gilder who wrote the best seller, wealth and poverty, and a seminal work in it is great to have you with us. some people upon closer inspection, it is not good news and people are leaving the work force. >> it sure isn't. we are paying people to leave the workforce. some $1 trillion offpayments of
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various kinds to keep people from working and to break up their families and to demoralize their earnest. it is -- it ignores the elephant in the room which is a massive departure of the prime age man from the work force. it is accelerating today. and part of this is being subsidized by the government through record disability payments. lou: disability payments from socialecurity administration, taking that a side when one looks at food stamps and medicaid alone, you can add other incentives as well and support programs, but we are looking at theprospect of having one in the quarter workers for every one person on welfare and working the government. we are reaching a dangerous, dangerous to pinpoint in this country, and we have nancy pelosi, the minority leader saying that you canno cut your
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way to deficit reduction. mind-boggling. >> it is mind-boggling. ter the second world war we cut our government spending by 60 percent. the economy boomed. we cut ourselves all the way into a big surplus. israel was in a catastrophic crisis in the mid 80's. it cut its way drastically to a surplus. lou: this country has a long history. >> and new zealand. lou: this country, if we can be parochial allotted for a moment, we can learn from our own experience. it is pretty clear that when we talk about, as this administration has, returning to a clintonnera tax rates, it would be a wonderful boon if we were to be able to also return to the balanced budgets of the clinton years, if we could return to the trillion doll peace dividend that the bush years left on the doorstep of the clinton years.
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but none of that is ever examined. also, we also are the beneficiaries of a massive techlogy bubble and the markets. >> plants and reduced the capital gains taxby 30 percent. he increased the income tax by 10%, but the huge surge in revenues under clinton came through the capital gains tax cut, not from the income-tax increase. lou: you and i have done what the republicans, perhaps too often. we talk about the economics of it, the theory of it, if you will, the extraction of it, but but the reality is the republican party has not come up with a rejoinder, a response to a, if you will, a socialist redistributionist president who right now claims the field is on because there is no other
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standard flying over that field. there is a speaker of the house to is simply saying, this is not right. yoyou know, we are not at the table and complaining, but not, not engaging. >> i think we have got to engage the argument. we cannot win the argument while acknowledging that an increase in tax rates would increase revenues and all. it will just today the top 1 percent are paying about 40 percent of the income tax. the top 25 percent are paying 87% of the income tax. it does not get any betr than that. this is under the bush tax rates. you eliminate those tax rates and you will get less reenues, more capitol flight from the united states. we have the first net capital flight in decades. more departure of high-tech immigrants from the united states returning home to china.
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lou: democrats to feed the stamp act, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. immigrants into this country who deserve it and to we desperately want to have your while we throw open our borders and our airports to people who are, for the most part, the majority of the illegal immigrants are not even high-school educated, lacks skills, like education. my god. and they do so rejecting that law, that bill and prevent it from becoming law beuse they want to have a lottery. for crying out loud. the absurdities compound themselves. >> in general we have to recognize that the individual entrepreneur with special skills and contributions to american produce all the jobs, and they are the ones who are getting rich, who are punished by any increase in marginal tax rates. the already rich -- lou: what about the young man or
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woman in this country who is not an entrepreneur, is not a big shot, is not in middle management in a big corporation. they won a break. they won an opportunity. they want to live the american dream. why can't the republicans talk to hem? >> i hink thatthey are being talked to. a great speech the other day in which he specifically addressed this aspiration, widespread among all americans to rise up. this is what suply-side economics is. it is surge of economics. it is not trickle-down as some people caricatured. lou: you have heard that expressi for 30 years. >> i never said it. lou: i'm amazed to hear the phrase escape ... but you mention one senator, and a very good one. probably one of the very best in the replican communicators. why isn't a party organized around that very idea and that
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message and have a coherent campaign for the arts and minds of those who have the most benefit? >> they get assimilated by washington. the washington culture is than talking the lanuage of big government, and it is a deadly, demoralizing language. echoes the demoralization of the media and the -- lou: let's raise some hell, george. let's raise some hell and get some people focused on the right things here. always great to talk to you. >> thank you. lou: george gilder. much more on the fiscal cliff and the republican messaging, if you can call it that, perhaps tonight's broadcast. he egyptians revolting against the brotherhood. syria apparently mixing chemical weapons. the foundation for defense of democracy joins us here in moments. the unemployment rate drops. so did the number of workers in
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the labour force. we will be taaking about this economy and what washington is trying to do to it and us next trying to do to it and us next with peter wallace and. you know how painful heartburn can be. for fast, long lasting relief, use doctor recommended gaviscon®. only gaviscon® forms a protective barrier that helps block stomach acid from splashing up- relieving the pn quickly. try fast, long lasting gaviscon®.
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♪ lou: house speaker boehner says the president is slow walking our economy to the fiscal cliff. former reagan white house counsel, financial crisis inquiry commission member peter wallace will join me here in just moments. let's take a look at tonight's "moneyline." the dow and s&p managing gains. the nasdaq weighed down by another bad day for apple and its investors. the dow up 81 points. s&p up four, the nasdaq fell leaven. just over 3 billion shares traded on the big board today.
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the dow up 1%, s&p slightly higher making three straight weeks of wins. the nasdaq down 1% for its first losing week of the past three. apple investors are having a rough time wih the dow down. the stock down 9 percent this week. but even with that selling, the stock remains up 30% year-to-date. wall street analysts say much of the selling can be explained by investors looking to avoid possibly having to pay gains on the sale of that stock at a higher rate next year. others simply taking profits. financial stocks strong. today j.p. morgan chase led the weight. news that it is expanding the numbers of its branch offices. research shows consumers have to walk into an office to do there banking. he knew that? bank of america also higer. two sepate reports showed two very different aspects of consumer behavior. consumer debt soaring
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$14 billion. the third straight month of gains. and the latest reading on consumer confidee shows confidence declining. phar-mor sharply than had been expected by most economts. my next guest is concerned that we are going over the fiscal cliff. he says, president obama seemingly is intent on pressing his post-election advantage to win tax increases on the wealthy and to eliminate the houses debt ceiling leveraged. joining us now from washington d.c., peter wallace, former reagan white house counsel, former member of the financial crisis inquiry commission. a senior fellow at the american enterprise institute. good to have you here. you believe they're going over the cliff. >> i think their is a real danger of this. one can see a path for obaaa that does not look so terrible if we do go over the cliff. all of the taxes go up, but the democrats have an opportunity to introduce legislation to redue the taxes for 98 percent of the
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people leaving the wealthier people, i guess you could call them wealthy, the top two percentage to stay at the high rates. it is possible to do this. lou: it is possible, but i have to ask you, surely the republicans have to understand and had to understand six months ago what what transpired in this lame duck session of congress? what this president would press forward to. the fiscal cliff, the result of sequestration and agreements between the two parties, capitol hill and the white house. why would they not have thought out a position here? >> you know, one of the things that puzzles me about this is, even today the debate that the republicans are engaged inis really a debate with themselves. the media talks about the tax increases. that is almost all the talk about. and the only thing that makes sense to the republicans is to try to get some serious control
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over the entitlements. that is why they're in this game. and yet you hear very little from the republicans. you would think that the speaker would get out and say, look, we are rey to talk about -- we are ready to talk about new revenue, but i am not going to even get into that issue until the president moves his party. we know what theroblem is. the democrats don't want to talk an entitlement reductions in all. the republicans don't want to talk about taxes. but the real isues facing this country, controlling spending, not raising taxes. lou: not according to nancy pelosi. i don't know if you saw. we reported up the top. >> i didn't. u: the minority leader actually said, you cannot cut your way to deficit reduction. i mean, this is the kind of mentality hat speaker boehner must confront and deal with. one would think that would be a winner for him, but apparently not.
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>> i'm saying i am puzzled by the fact that he oes not emphasize that much more andd3 really say, i'm not going to talk but taxes. taxes is not on the table until the president comes forward with the plan on entitlements. lou: you are a formidable negotiator in your own right, experice, and i just want to ask you. why would anyone who is the leader of the republican party, frankly in a position, not insist upon dealing with the president who hasthe superior power, the superior position and adntage, not insist that any negoation be at a specific table with specific parameters and in the -- end this nonsense that is at the periphery in permeate -- permeating the media >> that's right. well, thepresident, and this is one of the reasons why the president may take us over the cliff. because i thk he believes that he can get everything he wants by taking it right to the end
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and, perhaps, over the edge. he has the big megaphone of the presidency. you can see what happens when he does anything. it's covered in the newspapers and on television. he is getting his point across, and he is keeping -- he is keeping the conversation about tax increases and whether the republicans, relatively minor tax increases, and keeping the conversation away from the major question which is how we control the out of control entitlement spending. it is an unbelvable situation for republicans, and i cannot understand why we aren't. lou: on this broadcast we never talk about the fiscal cliff without referring to the incipient cause, there rid of it all, and that is why i believe it is entirely appropriate told the president accountable for thfiscal cliff because this is the only bullish and work here. it is this president who has decided to issue an ultimatum. first on taxes and being raised
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on only 2 percent of the people. secondly, insisting tha the debt ceiling ssue be compounded with it all. this is without question an ultimatum, the consequenceare his. what do you think? >> well, i am afraid that even though the consequences are his, the consequences for the economy will be his. i think he is betting, i think there is pretty good evidence right now that he is betting that he can win this argument because the media and his megaphone enable him to persuade the american people that the republicans will be the cause of e troubles that we will face if we go over the cliff. lou: history is littered with examples of those to proceed and rationally so but came up against creative, energetic opposition that found a way to prevent. it always agree -- great to tal
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with you. we appreciate you being here. >> thank you. lou: a little corporate money is not so bad. he could use that, and he apparently will. we will have that story and protesters stormed the presidential palace in egypt. the government in trouble to. how much? we don't know. cathe president support help in? we take it all up with the foundation for defense of democracy here next. stay with us. ♪ ♪ here come the -- [ cap twisting off ] hey, yo?! i lost audio. what happened?! [ ice crackling ] what!?!? oh, it better not be! what's going on? ♪ it's time to put a stop to this!
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urging national dialogue still, but moing forward with his referendum on an islamist back to constitution. the new york times bureau chief in cairo, david kirkpatrick insisting that the muslim brotherhood is not, and i do ," not violent by nature and have come over the last couple of decades, you off more and more into a moderate conservative but religious moderate regular old political force. well, joining usow is jonathan chancellor, former counter-terrorism analyst, current vice president of research for the foundation for defense of democracy, and it is good to have you with us. your reaction to kirkpatrick's description. >> let me first say that the brotherhood, when it was founded did have a violent army, and that was one of the reasons why the egyptian government ended up railroading get out of the political system. over time the brotherhood has
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vowed to be a nonviolent organizations over the last several decades. -- lou: i am going to beg you for something because we're really pushed for time. >> yes,. lou: if you will, was history and more in your judgment. >> sure. bottom line is that the brother is the cornerstone of every violent organization that we see up there today. and so it may not actually be fostering violence itself, but it has spawned of many violent factions. lou: and in egypt your expectations as to what the course, what course will we witness taken there? prevailing, mintaining his pors? what do you expct? >> it is hard to imagine being dislodged. he sacked all of the military that could have potentially overturn them. at this point we are hearing that the crowds are large. they see this as a zero sum gain, and it really is going to
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come down to whether tis secular opposition can mobilize and whether they have the tools to bring him down. it does not appear at this point that they do. lou: let's turn to syria. as you know, the secretary of state meeting with russian counterparts in ireland today saying the united states agrees with russia and backing mediation to resolve the civil war. is there movement there or is it simply the perception of a -- of movement? >> i don't buy it. the russians are jealously guarding the port of tartus where they have a signifint military and financial investment in syria. they are a patron of syria. it is very unlikely of the russians are going to help dislodge this, and that is a shame, obviously, because the syrians are loading chemical weapons. we hear dangerous reports command of syria right now. lou: and we learn that the pen exiles, one of the exile leaders
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returning to gaza today. well, not returning to, but going fromwhich he had been banned for 45 years. your reaction? and an assessment of its significance. >> sure. the political leader. this is seen as a victory. i'm not sure why they let him back in. but curreny celebrating his 205th anniversary, and they are also celebrating what they describe as a victory over the israelis despite the fact that the israelis really dominated the battlefield during that war in gaza two weeks ago. lou: it's great to have you with us. we tnk you so much. appreciate it. >> my pleasure. lou: much more. we will take all of that up with the "a-team" here next. ♪ lou: 18 days until christmas, 24 days until the fiscal cliff. no talks on capitol hill, no talks athe white houe. the president's ultimatum driving has off that cliff. the "a-team" weighs in.
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♪ lou: joining us now, the former director of the congressional budget office, former commissioner of the financial crisis inquiry commission, how ny shows can brag that we have had two members of the commission on the sae night and, as well, president of the american action form. etend you're. thanks. lou: fightg words in washington. the speaker today actually said these words.
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the president has adopted a deliberate strategy to aslow walk our economy right to the edge of the fiscal cliff. are you emotionally moved? do you think the nation is galvanized? >> i don't know if the nation is galvanized in the but i will be honest to my nervous about this. i view the clippers a genuine economic threat and a recipe for recession. we heard the secretary of treasury said earlier this week that he was prepared to go over the cliff, which i found shocking as the top economic official in an administration. if that is the strategy, it is a very, very dangerous ne. lou: it is clear, the speaker made a clear, he believes that is precisely what the president wants to do and will do. as you say, it is stunning to watch the principal economic financial fiures in the obama administration be leading a political negotiation rather than, if yo will, minding over an economy filled with 23 million people unemployed all
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sorts of challenges at every corner frm and he is now politician. it is stunning. i want to get your comments, if i made, on something thatnancy pelosi said today, which reported at the top of this broadcast. you cannot cut your way to deficit reduction. i am quoting her directly. let's try that again because you probably did not believe your years. you cannot get away to deficit reduction. your reaction? i'm speech was, quite frankly. i mean, if that -- if she believes that be true, then she believes he can grow your y out of problems and there is no growth rate that is going to match the 22% projected increase in insurance subsidies under obamacare. or she believes she can taxer way out, and there is no way our economy can bear to double the federal tax levels from 18% of gdp the 36. that is what it would take. so the reality is that the bulk of our problems during the spending, both in the near term are we have a sequester and a
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longer-term where this is all about getting the entitlement programs under contol. lou: getting the entitlement programs under control seems like a distant and remte fantasy with a resident whois willing -- i mean, he has issued an ultimatum. he will be the cause of going over the fiscal cliff. i don'tknow what the republican leaders cannot hang onto that thought. they will be watching him, the reaction to the ultimatum, he will be sending the country over the fiscal cliff over what will amount to 8% of -- replacement of 8 percent of the deficit for fiscal 2013. it is mindless. >> as i said, i am quite nerous about this. i listen to speaker boehner say the day after the election, revenue is on the table. the american people want to compromise and make washington work. he said it again and put out a specific offer. all we have heard from the
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president is a hard-line was no negotiation on the tax sid and not one word about the entitlement reforms that would have tmatch that for this plan to make any sense. and it is that absence of lead on the spending side and unwillingness to make compromises that will actually get deals done and have washington auction again that i think our marks against this lame-duck session. lou: you he projected, the action for has projecd 10 million prospect of possibly 10 million people losing jobs, 10 percent unemployment. a reduction in gdp if we go over that cliff. correct? >> that is absolutely right. i mean, this is a big tax increase. it's a big spending cut. more importantly, if you look at the debt ceiling debate, we saw a sharp drop in consumer confidence and we saw that today in the december number. a sharp drop in consumer confidence, and you also will see a big financial market disrtion. ose are genie's you cannot stick back in the bottle and
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economy.drags in the mainstream lou: always good to have you with us. thank you very much. >> thank you. lou: up next, former ambassador, former director of national intelligence joins us here. shadowbox other, a former pacific fleet commander also among our guests. please be with us nextweek. stay with us tonight. angry liberal and accused hypocrite michaelmore sticks his nose into the michigan right to work fight. can you imagine that? the "a-team" is next. ♪
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♪ lou: mich., about to become the nation 204th to right to work state next week. michigan's republican governor says he will sign the legislation after a final vote tuesday. coincidently, president obama will be traveling to a deroit auto plan monday. the trip announced wednesday as part of an effort to drum up
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support for hiking taxes on the rich. you would think you'd have to campaign for that. the president lso opposes what it -- right to work laws. maybe it is more than a coincidence that he wll be in michigan. in the meantime, angry liberal michael moore's sounding off on the latest right to work developments in michigan. the filmmaker and a major meltdown on twitter writing he was enraged. he called on people to revolt. if you write, direct, added, shoot, or do sound for me and my next movie you will not work for me unless you belong to the union. but the thing that surised me there is, i thought you already had to be a union member to work on his movies. he may be hearing from a few unions themselves. george zimmerman, the man accused of killing a florida teenager martin is suing abc news coming the network tried to portray him as a racist in order to boost ratings. zimmerman took issue with other
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network edited his 911 call on the night of the shooting in february. this is what the network aired. >> this guy looks like he is up to no good. he looks black. lou: wow. that's remarkable editing becae this is what he actually said to the 911 operator. >> this guy looks like he is up to no good are on drugs o something. it's raining. walking around looking about. >> okay. white, black or hispanic? >> looks like. lou: it turns out to left quite a bit out of th dialogue, and they? the lawsuit seeks an undisclosed amount of damages. nbc denies any wrongdoing. they have not apologized. critics are slamming president obama and his inauguration committee for announcing they will accept corporate money to pay for three days of festivities in january. can't wait. a revesal from the president's policies just four years ago. back then he banned corporate
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donations, limt individual contributions to a mere $50,000. of course, it tossed -- cost taxpayers quite a chunk. critics say the move giv the appearance the corporate donors would get something in return for their money. it can be. up next, democrats applaudina deceptively lower unmployment rate as the fiscal clef years. the "a-team" is here next. we will be alking with them. right here next. ♪
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♪ lou: joining me now, the "a-team", radio talk-show host, a pulitzer prize-winning journalist and fox is ntributor. former rnc spokesperson and
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columnist. good to have you all with this. let's start with this one because in the fiscal clef nancy pelosi today, and i just have to harp on this, saying you cannot cut yourway to deficit reduction. i mean, as i said, i think yogi berra would be proud of that little paradox. >> nancy, you keeping in at. you keep thinking that. huntington butch cassidy and the sundance kid. butch cassidy, really both sides on this as we teeter toward going over the fiscal cliff. i'm like robert redford. and the sundance kid. i can swim. and the american public. you're going to take as always. you know what, it's amazing that they don't seem to give a damn. i me, they're going on christmas break. the president in 21 days, golfing. a lawsuit, the indonia, the island of hawaii. and maxine and relaxing while we
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slid down the abyss. lou: it seems to me, sherry, as the republicans cannot quite figure out how to say, this is the president's decision. it's his ultimatum, a it's his choice. why can't they say that? >> becausehere is no guarantee that it will turn out well. there is a media that willtry and blame republicans no matter what. plus boehner could go in and cut a deal but he did you lose his right flank on this. starting to think it's a better deal for the republica to of vote present, let the president on this completely. lou: agree to raise taxes. >> now. his thing. mitch mcconnell tried to get the senate, harry reid to vote on the president's plan and harry reid said no. democrats are calling it a stunt. this is the president's plan we can raise taxes on rich and you don't have to cut spending and you can do all the things that he wants to do, and they don't want that to come ta vote. there might be something there. i'm thinking that might maybe
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make him on it and let the chips fall where thy mae. elections have consequences. at that right now. lou: i think we all agree about consequences. certainly. your thoughts on this? does it look to you right now like we are going to avoid this fiscal cliff? the president, but the brilliant idea? it's interesting how he does this. he inities an ultimatum and the goes passive aggressive on everyone and withdraws from the field. it's really a bizarre and intriguing strategy which obviously has completely confounded republican leaders. >> yes, and the polls show that the american people are proud and -- probably going to blend republicans now matter what happens. lou: slightly. >> therefore i think that is what you're seeing with president obama's attitude here. lou: does irritate you to thnk that they are going to blame the republicans denied republicans are basically saying, you know, we are going to step back because you're going to blame us instd of coming up with an
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answer, a rejoinder to the president's going after them. and they don't have a strategy. they don't have a message. they don't want anybody to think badly of them. >> he is back to being a community organizer. getting in their face. that's right. whether you like cannot. and then he steps back, as you said. and he sets it off, and the republicans to my o's going to handle this one. finally, the shot caller is boehner. the way he should get barack because he loves to smoke cigarettes and you know michele with those pythons will choke him. golf with me. put your ssice. sigrid's service agent. he has hat chesterfield no filters, and we will negotiate this will sme and a few paxson and a comeback. that's how they are negotiated. lou: and as he said, we will come bak and continue this negotiation in just moments. stay with us. stay with us. ♪ before copd... i took my son fishing every yea
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♪ lou: back with the a-team, and want to turn, if i may, to george zimmerman suing nbc because of the outrageous job of editing, they did, in my opinion, outrageous, clearly, inteional. what do you think the chances of are prevailing? >> oh, damn good because nbc, says, oh, oh, the videographer, audio, video edit, it's, you know, he justnipped it in the wrong place. they'll blame the engineer, the video and the audio editor opposed to blaming their politics over it. lou: you agree? >> i see settlements, big time settlements, and i would settle if i were nbc. lou: what do you think? did we need a deep peek into the interworkings of n news? >>ell, you know,ossibly. yoin if he could win or lose,
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but it will not happen again at nbc or anywhere else after this. lou: i might want to get on the other side of that bet. there's seriously committed ideological operators in a few places that might just, you know, humorous is a hard thing to constrain. the supreme court taking up the cases the defense of mairmings act, proposition eight, and there's a supreme court decision on gay marriage. >> let's go for it. most of those judges are marrie if they determe that gays and lesbia should suffer like the rest of us heterosexuals who should be married. i fell in love, marry them, and they kick me to the curb. you have a right to suffer too, across the nation. lou: on board with the convention? >> well, i don't know, look,
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what this does is give social conservatives the fight they want, and the plat tomorrow -- platform they want to air this, and so, for them, they look at this as a good thing because it's a fight they wanted for some time. other people might not like it very much, but people who feel strongly on either side, both sides,ment this fight. -- want this might. many in the middle rather we not deal with it. it will be interesting. lou: a lot of folks in the country who don't want to deal with any issue of my kind, but this presents itself to the supreme court. your thoughts on it, jud important enough in your judgment to see a quick decision by the court? >> well, apart from being the divorce lawyers full employment act, apart from there, i think the cose could choose a narro proceed interpretation. they may decide just some things with respect to the california law. i'm not sure the court wants to
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tackle the issue because it is contrrversial right now. lou: is our shannon pointed out, taking on proposition 8 and the defense of marriage act. it looks like it might be a little broader than we might have expected. >> it could be, but they have narrowed a broad, potentially broad, decision before. you have two swing justices here the chief justice and, you know, obviously, the other guy that everybody's watching, but i don't think you can predict this one. adam, a really well-respected legal scholars, thinks they would narrow it, and i suspt he's right. lou: going through a lot of trouble, creating controversy and hoopla for just a little thing. you know, it's the day of big issues and ltle results. >> you got to love it. when it comes to love and marriage, they have the urge to merge on the supreme crt, merging them together. we love that. lou: very quickly,